Complexities of Complimenting across Power Relation and Gender

Indah, Rohmani Nur (2015) Complexities of Complimenting across Power Relation and Gender. Presented at The 3rd International Cross Cultural Communication Conference, December 2015, State University of Malang. (In Press)

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to investigate the complexities of compliments faced by EFL students. It covers several aspects such as how interpersonal relationships relate to complimenting behaviors. In addition, it examines how the culture of complimenting is relevant with some conditions such as power relation, and gender. The subjects of research in this study is eighty EFL students at UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim. It employs ethnographical method to gain the explanation for the phenomenon underlying the complexities in complimenting behavior. The complexities concern with the interference of culture, the influence of gender and power relation. The finding shows that female students tend to use more complimenting strategies compared to males. The complimenting expression is also various affected by the relation with the hearers. Some variation occurring in complimenting cover overstatement, mixed language, non-sensical, no compliment and question. The context of Islamic institution also results in specific expression related to power display in complimenting strategies used. However, in EFL context, complimenting becomes an issue as there is lack of authentic English examples in course books and the inefficient instructions English learners receive which particularly expose them to variation in English compliments.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Rohmani Nur Indah
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 09:11

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